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The 2018 NFL draft is less than a month away, so by now, the New Orleans Saints should be close to being done with their player evaluations.
The team has addressed some of its needs thus far this offseason. The Saints re-signed defensive ends Alex Okafor and George Johnson. They brought back tight end Benjamin Watson, cornerback Patrick Robinson and versatile offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod. They also plugged defensive holes by signing linebacker Demario Davis and safety Kurt Coleman.
But, adding veteran players doesn’t necessarily change the long-term needs at some positions, and the goal of the draft should be to build the team for the future. Most draft classes won’t have the same Year 1 impact as the Saints' group did in 2017.
With eight picks, the Saints should have chances to find talented players, but with the first pick at 27th and without a second-round pick, the Saints will watch several of the top players come off the board before they can pick.
Here’s my third mock draft of 2018:



Round 1 (No. 27): DT Da'Ron Payne, Alabama
I was tempted to go back to my selection in 1.0 of South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst, but I’m instead sticking with my 2.0 selection of Payne. The addition of Watson makes it less likely the Saints reach for a tight end, though it’s certainly not out of the question.
Payne, though, seems to be a fit for a Saints defense that’s looking to bulk up in the middle after giving up 4.4 yards per carry in 2017. After seeing the Saints flirt with signing Ndamukong Suh and Muhammad Wilkerson, it seems the team considers defensive tackle a need.
CBS Sports ranks the 6-foot-2, 311-pound Payne as the No. 23 overall prospect and No. 4 defensive tackle, so there’s a chance he’ll fall to the Saints. It won’t excite the fan base, but this pick would help the defense.

Round 3 (91): WR Dante Pettis, Washington
This pick is staying the same from 2.0, too, because I think Pettis would be a great fit for the Saints on offense and special teams.
Pettis scored nine punt return touchdowns the past four years, including four in 2017, and for a Saints team that has lacked consistency in the return game, he could play a role on special teams immediately.
The Saints have yet to add a receiver in free agency, and the 6-foot Pettis could bring quickness, route-running and hands to the offense. His best statistical year was 2016 with 53 catches for 822 yards and 15 touchdowns. He followed that with 63 catches for 761 yards and seven touchdowns in 2017.

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Round 3 (91): WR Dante Pettis, Washington ... probable upgrade over TLL.
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Round 3 (91): WR Dante Pettis, Washington ... probable upgrade over TLL.
We draft a wr in rd 3 it better be an upgrade on Snead as well.
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LB Evans - Sideline to sideline playmaker.
DT Settle - Run stuffer with pass rush abilities.
WR Lazard - Perfect compliment to Thomas.
WR Quinn - Too good to pass up. Solidifies WR group for years.
RB Scarbrough - BPA. Can do it all.
QB Litton - Absolute steal. Perfect to groom. All the tools.
CB Nickerson - Tough, fast, smart, ball skills.
OT/OG Toth - Tough, smart, versatile.
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I'd wet my pants if we drafted Payne.

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I'd wet my pants if we drafted Payne.

Same. DT at 27th is ideal, as long as we ain't reaching. Payne is far, far from reaching with that pick.

Play him at TE, too. 2 birds, 1 stone
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I want the other Bama product @ 27 ... Mr. Rashaan Evans. When he puts his hands on you, it's over. He's nasty ... a dawg.
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Same. DT at 27th is ideal, as long as we ain't reaching. Payne is far, far from reaching with that pick.

Play him at TE, too. 2 birds, 1 stone
And FB/RB!

No way he gets out of the top 20 though. I think we'd have to trade up and I just don't think we have the ammo to do that.
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I’d be really happy with this draft. I haven’t heard of us showing interest in Payne though. We have, however, met with his teammate Da’Shawn Hand twice.
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I would love to see us get the Best DE or DT available with 27 and move up as far as possible in the 2nd with our 2nd next year and maybe a 5 6 and 7 this year and grab the other end of that DE or DT. Trading for the 2nd last year really worked for us.
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